I finally got to go through pages and pages of e-mails that have been piling up on me... And among lots of junk and some questionable offers (like infesting my blog with online casino advertisements - nada, ain't happening! Don't worry, people. I'm all about saving money, not wasting it :), there were a few pure gems. Those of you who wrote to me, you know who you are, and you are too sweet :)
But one such message that I wished I saw a while ago was from Monique from A Half-Baked Notion who nominated me for a Liebster Reward. Thank you, my friend!
Since it's been so long, I don't want to nominate anybody back. But I would love to answer Monique's questions because some of them really intrigued me and made me think, and I invite you to join me in the comment section.
So here we go:
1. If you had a time machine, what period of history would you visit?
Hmm, I don't really know. Maybe, France, in the time of Dumas or his Three Musketeers :)
2. Do you play a musical instrument (if not, which would you want to learn)?
No, unfortunately not. But I wish I'd learned to play the piano when I was younger. I did try to
3.Who was your first best friend as a child?
My very first best friend was a neighbor girl named Tanya. We lived in the same apartment building and attended the same class in school (back home, when you start going to school, you stay mostly with the same kids throughout the whole ten years. We did have a separation into Math and Humanitarian classes later, in 9th grade, when we got all mixed up but those friendships lasted forever). Unfortunately, as we got older, we drifted apart because I started taking skating and dance classes, and she ended up with a group of friends that I didn't approve of. And then we moved and we completely lost each other. But last year, after twenty years, we reconnected again on Odnolassniki (same as "Classmates" in the US but free). It was nice to see that she's doing great, she's a mother and seems to be very happy. It was nice to bring back all those childhood memories...
4. How or why did you decide to start blogging?
I was following many bloggers over the years, way before I started blogging myself. I was inspired by thrifty, frugal, talented people who used their money wisely, worked hard on getting out of debt and learned to thrive and enjoy life with very little. At first, my blog was born to somewhat mirror that but eventually it evolved into more of a journal of our lives, still frugal and grateful for many blessings in our lives (the original name of this blog was "Frugal and Thankful", and I still stand behind this statement) but also including things I'm passionate about like interior design, DIY projects or yummy food.
5. Where would you visit if cost were no object?
Europe. I would love to take a tour of Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Switzerland with a separate trip to Scotland where my husband has his roots. I also would love to go back to Finland and Sweden because I fell in love with both of these countries a long time ago.
6. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Oh, chocolate. Lindt dark chocolate truffles or Milka with whole hazelnuts. Mmmm...
7. Are you a big breakfast eater or strictly coffee and toast?
I like me some nice breakfast. I don't drink tea or coffee but I'm a great fan of a steamy cup of herbal tea, especially in winter (rooibos is my favorite!). I like to accompany it with a fried egg or an omelet and toast with some homemade jam. But in summer I stick to lighter things like yogurt with granola or even just a fruit salad.
8. What is the one thing you "can't live without"?
My laptop :) Not even sure, if it needs any explanation :) I do try to unplug once in a while but the technology became so much more than just Google for me. It's an opportunity to stay in touch with my family and friends, a source of inspiration, and a chance to be heard.
9. You think ___________ should be illegal...
Using a phone and driving. Not just texting, even though it's huge and I hope every state makes it illegal soon. Oh, and also putting on mascara while driving.. That's just pure crazy!!
10. What is your favorite room in the house?
Frankly, the bathroom :) That's where I usually can get a minute for myself :) Otherwise, I might sound mundane but it's definitely the kitchen. I believe in family dinners and we try to do our best to get together every night and discuss our day, our problems, share happy moments and enjoy a delicious meal together.
11. If the story of your life were made into a movie, would it be a drama? comedy? suspense? horror? documentary?
Hmm, that's an interesting one. It really depends! If we look at my cultural background, than it could be a documentary. Otherwise, probably, a drama. Some things that happened in my life or in lives of those I love are not the things I'm ready to discuss here on the blog or anywhere really but I can relate to some stories of pain, death, suffering and abuse...
Not exactly the note I wanted to end on :) But honestly, some things, as dramatic as they were, taught me how to love and to be loved, how to keep faith and to know one's true value, how to serve and how to be happy...
Ok, now it's your turn :) Which questions can you relate to?? Come, share :)